The historical drama, directed by Ridley Scott, is set to focus on three different perspectives. While Damon and Affleck wrote the male characters Jean de Carrouges (Damon) and Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), Oscar-nominated writer Nicole Holofcener penned the perspective of Lady Marguerite (Jodie Comer).
“It’s a story about perspective,” Damon told Entertainment Tonight.
“So, there are two knights and then there’s the Lady Marguerite. So Ben and I wrote the male perspectives and Nicole Holofcener wrote the female perspective. That’s kind of the architecture of that movie.”
The film will tell the same story from three separate angles, with the plot revolving around a duel that occurs between Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris after the latter is accused of having raped Marguerite.
The Last Duel marks the first time Damon and Affleck have worked on a script together since their breakout film Good Will Hunting, which earned them a Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 1998.
“We didn’t really understand structure [while writing Good Will Hunting] so we wrote thousands of pages,” said Damon.
“We’d be like, ‘Well, what if this happened?’ and then we’d just write different scenes. So, we had all these kind of disparate scenes and then we kind of tried to jam them together into something that looked like a movie.”
“Making movies for 30 years, we actually learned something about structure along the way and the process went along a lot faster. And so I think we’ll write a lot more in the future just because it didn’t turn out to be as time-consuming as we thought. It was actually a lot of fun,” he concluded.
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